History repeats: U-Conn. loses on OT buzzer-beater again, this time to Notre Dame in national semifinals

The day before the national semifinals of the NCAA tournament, Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale was asked about her team’s first meeting with Connecticut this season, a loss to the Huskies in Hartford, Conn. The guard narrowed her eyes in concentration before shaking her head.

“That game was a while ago, so I don’t remember a lot of it,” she said flatly. Friday’s game will be different.

Ogunbowale will remember it for a long time. No. 1 seed Notre Dame beat No. 1 seed Connecticut on Friday night, 91-89, thanks to a long jumper from Ogunbowale with one second remaining, becoming the second team in as many years to knock the Huskies out of the Final Four with a buzzer-beater in overtime. 

“That definitely wasn’t the play call,” Ogunbowale said. “… My team trusted me to have the ball at the end of the game. It felt good. I didn’t know it was going in, but it felt good. … I think I’ll remember this one just a little bit more. Just a little bit.” 

Friday was the Huskies’ seventh consecutive loss in overtime, and it keeps them from competing for a record 12th national championship. This year was their 19th appearance in the Final Four. The game capped a wild night of basketball that began with an overtime win for

Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/history-repeats-u-conn-loses-on-ot-buzzer-beater-again-this-time-to-notre-dame-in-national-semifinals/2018/03/31/e9687d82-3494-11e8-94fa-32d48460b955_story.html

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